Precept Ceremony Registration: May 20 2018 at the Toronto Temple
Three Thousand Prostrations
Participants are encouraged to perform 3,000 prostrations. There are two main reasons for doing the prostrations: one is to surrender yourself completely and remove the defilements of the three poisons (greed, hatred and delusion) in order to make the transition from Samsara to Nirvana. You dedicate the first one thousand prostrations to repenting and forgiving all your past wrongdoings, the second one thousand to forgiving the wrongdoings of others and the last one thousand to making your resolve to follow the path of wisdom and compassion. You also honor all the Buddhas in the three periods of time so they may attest to the sincerity of your heart. All participants should finish the 3,000 prostrations by the date of the Precept-Taking ceremony. If you cannot, promise to your temple priest that you will complete the prostrations before the end of the year. If you cannot perform full (five point) prostrations for physical or health reasons, you may perform bows standing or seated with or without occasional full prostrations.
Chanting of the Three Refuges
Those taking the Precepts are required to recite the Three Refuges out loud in Pali, Sanskrit or English, thirty-three times each day. Chanting the Three Refuges regularly with devotion will help you embrace the great tradition of the Three Jewels now taking root in the West and help you maintain calmness and peace and clarity in your everyday life.
Fees and Offering
The fee for the Precept-Taking Ceremony is $150 ($120 for full-time students or unwaged). $100 is to cover expenses, $20 is an honorarium for teachers and $30 is a donation to the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom. Please send $50 with your registration form, the balance payable before the day of ceremony. The fee for renewing precepts is $50. On the day of the ceremony, it is customary to bring offerings for the altar such as candles, incense, fruits, sweets, tea, coffee, nuts or seeds, or any other gift one may wish to make.
For people who wish to take or renew precepts or to know more about the ceremony, each spring there will be Information and Orientation Meetings and Precepts Practice Meetings. Please check with your local temple for dates.